Therapeutic Radiology (TR), Diagnostic Radiology (DX), Nuclear Medicine (NM)
TITLE: Radiation Safety Officer
REPORTS TO POSITION: Director of Safety
OUR VISION: Creating America’s healthiest community, together
OUR MISSION: In the spirit of love and compassion, better health, better care, better value
OUR VALUES: Accountability, Caring and Teamwork
DEPARTMENTAL SUMMARY: The Safety division of the Quality Management department within St. Charles Health System, provides services which promote the physical and psychological safety of patients, visitors and caregivers in our multi-hospital health system. Services include risk assessment, plan development and implementation, safety policy / procedure management, and proactive process improvement to prevent harm.
POSITION OVERVIEW: The Radiation Safety Officer (RSO) for St. Charles Health System acts as the principal technical resource to departments and campus management on radiation safety and advises leadership on strategies and tactics relating to the technical and regulatory direction of the radiation safety program for all 4 hospitals, multiple clinics within St. Charles Health System and contracted RSO services for joint ventures such as Cascade Medical Imaging (CMI). The RSO develops, plans, coordinates and manages the radiation safety program, including the implementation of programs to ensure the safety of caregivers, providers, and visitors. The RSO serves as the primary liaison for regulatory inspectors, and ensures compliance with St. Charles Health System policies as well as local, state and federal regulatory agencies. This position does not directly manage any other caregivers
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS AND DUTIES:
Required: Minimum of three years’ experience providing support as a health or diagnostic or therapeutic medical physicist and/or completion of an accredited medical physics residency program.
Good communication skills are required to uphold the goal of continuous quality improvement and maintain a positive work environment, with focus on the best possible patient experience and treatment outcome
Provides oversight of all facets of the daily operations of the radiation safety program, ensuring compliance with safety policies and local, state and federal regulations.
The Radiation Safety Officer has the authority to suspend any activity involving the use of radioactive material or x-ray producing equipment that poses a serious threat to the health or safety of a worker or member of the general public, or that would violate the facilities radioactive material license, Oregon state rules and regulations for radiation protection, or other State or Federal agencies rules and regulations governing radiation protection
Interprets new and existing regulations, advises leadership on the technical and regulatory issues regarding the strategic direction of the radiation safety program, and applies strategic measures as appropriate.
Oversees the review of radiation protocols to ensure proper disclosure of radiation exposure and ensure compliance with applicable laws and regulations.
Prepares reports and other forms of scientific or technical nature, for radiation safety education. Manages the radiation safety training program to ensure that only authorized, qualified individuals work with radiation; manages the personnel dosimetry program to limit radiation exposure to radiation users and ensure compliance with policies and regulatory exposure limits. Escalates provider exposure concerns to the Chief Safety and Quality Officer for resolution.
Performs an annual comprehensive audit of the SCHS radiation safety program.
Responds to radiation safety emergencies (accidents, spills, events) and prepares and submits required reports.
Oversees the use of radioactive materials at SCHS facilities through the management of radioactive materials licensing, radiation laboratory survey, and radioactive waste management programs. Reviews and approves requests for radiation permits.
Participates in the development, implementation and maintenance of policies, objectives, short and long range planning to assist in accomplishment of radiation safety program goals.
Serves as the chairperson for the SCHS Radiation Safety Committee. Partners with physician leadership to ensure safe use of radiation producing equipment and monitors compliance with policies and regulatory requirements.
Supports the vision, mission and values of the organization in all respects.
Supports Value Improvement Practice (VIP- Lean) principles of continuous improvement with energy and enthusiasm, functioning as a champion of change.
Provides and maintains a safe environment for caregivers, patients and guests.
Conducts all activities with the highest standards of professionalism and confidentiality. Complies with all applicable laws, regulations, policies and procedures, supporting the organization’s corporate integrity efforts by acting in an ethical and appropriate manner, reporting known or suspected violation of applicable rules, and cooperating fully with all organizational investigations and proceedings.
Delivers customer service and/or patient care in a manner that promotes goodwill, is timely, efficient and accurate.
May perform additional duties of similar complexity within the organization, as required or assigned.
Required: Must possess a minimum of a Master’s Degree in Health Physics or Medical Physics from an ABHP or CAMPEP accredited program
Required: Board eligibility in Diagnostic, Health, Nuclear or Therapeutic Physics
Preferred: Board certification in diagnostic physics. Member of the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM).
Ability to multi-task and work independently.
Attention to detail.
Excellent organizational skills, written and oral communication and customer service skills, particularly in dealing with stressful personal interactions.
Strong analytical, problem solving and decision making skills.
Performs intermediate to advanced math (analysis, statistics, significant data or number manipulation).
Read, write, speak and understand English.
Demonstrated ability and experience in computer applications, use of electronic medical record keeping systems and MS Office
PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT
Must be able to wear appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) required to perform the job safely.
Continually (75% or more): Use of clear and audible speaking voice and the ability to hear normal speech level.
Rarely (10%): Stooping/kneeling/crouching, lifting, carrying, pushing or pulling 11-15 pounds, operation of a motor vehicle.
Never (0%): Climbing ladder/step-stool, lifting/carrying/pushing or pulling 25-50 pounds, ability to hear whispered speech level.
Exposure to Elemental Factors
Never (0%): Heat, cold, wet/slippery area, noise, dust, vibration, chemical solution, uneven surface.
Blood-Borne Pathogen (BBP) Exposure Category
No Risk for Exposure to BBP
Internal Number: R1004691
About St. Charles Health System
With four hospitals and more than 220 employed medical providers, St. Charles Health System is the largest provider of medical care in Central Oregon. We take our role in our communities seriously and have pledged to work with our partners to achieve our vision: Creating America's healthiest community, together.
St. Charles Health System began in 2001 as Cascade Health Services when St. Charles Medical Center in Bend merged with Central Oregon District Hospital in Redmond. Today, St. Charles owns and operates medical centers in Bend, Redmond, Prineville and Madras.
Our medical centers in Bend and Redmond are accredited by The Joint Commission. St. Charles Bend is Oregon's only Level II Trauma Center east of the Cascades. St. Charles Prineville and St. Charles Madras are critical access hospitals that are well regarded in their commitment to modern, progressive health care.
A private, nonprofit Oregon corporation, we're Central Oregon's largest employer with more than 4,300 caregivers in Bend, Madras, Redmond, Prineville, Sisters and La Pine combined. More than 350 active medical staff members and approximately 200 visiting medical staff members also make it possible for St. Charles to deliver a wide range of excellent care in a compassionate, healing environment.